The Appearance to Thomas (5 of 5) by Jonathan McLeod

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The Appearance to Thomas (5 of 5)
Series: He's Not Here
Jonathan McLeod
John 20:24-31


John's Gospel reveals that Thomas was loyal, but pessimistic.

''Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, 'Let us also go, that we may die with him''' (John 11:16).

''Thomas said to him, 'Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?''' (John 14:5).

''But [Thomas] said to them, 'Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it''' (John 20:25).


''A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, 'Peace be with you!' Then he said to Thomas, 'Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.' Thomas said to him, 'My Lord and my God!''' (John 20:26-28).

Thomas applied to Jesus two titles of deity: ''Lord'' (kyrios) and ''God'' (theos). The most outrageous doubter of the resurrection uttered the greatest confession of the Lord who rose from the dead.

Thomas went from ''Doubting Thomas'' to ''Daring Thomas'':

First, Thomas may have taken the gospel as far east as India.

''There is a considerable amount of ancient testimony that suggest Thomas carried the gospel as far as India. There is to this day a small hill near the airport in Chennai (Madras), India, where Thomas is said to have been buried. There are churches in south India whose roots are traceable to the beginning of the church age, and tradition says they were founded under the ministry of Thomas'' (John MacArthur, Twelve Ordinary Men, p. 164).

Today, Christianity is India's third largest religion, with approximately 24 million followers, constituting 2.3% of India's population (Census of India, 2001).

Second, Thomas was martyred for his faith in the risen Jesus.

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